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Old 12-30-09, 10:44 AM
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1980/81 Schwinn Clarification.

After a lot of research with the old Schwinn Catalogues I'm pretty sure that this is a 1980 Schwinn Le Tour.

However, there are a few oddities on it that I was hoping to get some clarification on.

The Schwinn Chicago Headbadge has the numerals 0159 on it. However the left rear hanger has a Japan Made serial number on it SG800105. Is this a Japanese made frame that was eventually assembled in Chicago? There is a "brazed frame" Schwinn cross sticker that is heavily rotted just under the lug that joins the seat tube and crosstube. Everything is Schwinn approved.

Do I need special wires for the FF derailleur? Can I run it like a normal derailleur?

Also, I'm unclear about what type of Le Tour this is. Take a look at this picture:

You can clearly see the "Le" in the Le Tour and from that you can see where the "Tour" should end. What is after that though? Also there is, what looks like, dried sticker residue before the "Le".
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Old 12-30-09, 12:49 PM
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Could have been a Super Le Tour (different components and alloy vs steel rims) but the Sky Blue color indicates that it is a Le Tour. Does it have steel rims?
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Chicago headbadge just means Schwinn was headquartered in Chicago. Its like Nike shoes, while they are headquartered in Oregon, the shoes are made in China.

1980 LeTour had a high ten steel (low end) frame and steel rims. I have one myself.

Date code is on the headbadge.
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Thanks for confirming the different numbers for me.

@EjustE, yes, they are.

My curiosity now is focused in the model decal. There is definitely something after the "R" in "TOUR". It looks like an "I\" which could be the start of the roman numeral IV or ING. When looking at the catalogue I didn't see anywhere where it mentioned a LE TOURING or LE TOUR IV... can anybody shed some light on the possibilities?
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Here is a link to Schwinn catalogs from the 70's and 80's.

If you can figure out the year from the head badge the model should be easy.
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The 0159 on the head badge would indicate an assembly date of January 15, 1979, making your bike a 1979 model. The serial number, SG800105, is not a Japanese serial number, but a "limited production" number. Your frame (SG8xxxxx) was built in July, 1978. Here's an excerpt from Schwinn Bulletin 23 explaining that system as it applies to Le Tours:

LIMITED PRODUCTION Schwinn bikes include Paramount, Le Tour, and Sting model names produced in the United States.... Le Tour (and Super Le Tour) numbers (1978-80 and 1982 on) include the letter “S” with a production month letter followed by a series of numbers, the first one telling the year of production (8-1978, 0-1980). Example SC94653-March, 1979.

The frames for these bikes were torch brazed in the Chicago factory. The two Le Tour models in 1979 were the Super Le Tour II and the Le Tour IV. Both of these models had 18 gauge 1020 carbon steel frames and were available in "Frosty Blue." The main differences between the two was that the Super Le Tour II had a six speed Shimano cassette and Weinmann alloy rims, while the Le Tour IV had a Maillard 5-cog freewheel and UKAI steel rims. Also, the Super Le Tour II had Shimano Altus down tube shifters, while the Le Tour IV had stem mounted Twin Stik shifters.

Hope this helps.
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